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I would contact a breeder in my area who's produced successful FT dogs and ask their plans or suggestions. If nothing comes from that, I would check out local FT to find a dog I like and ask if/when he's being bred.
If I am wanting to truly be "serious," as stated in the original post, I certainly would not limit myself to contacting breeders in my area, but instead it would be a nation-wide search. I would also have the understanding that I may be waiting for quite some time for the right breeding to happen.
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FT Goldens, I would do that now but about 14 years ago I woke one morning and said I want something different! I want a FT Golden and I looked in the Field Trial News and bought me one sight unseen. I was extremely pleased!

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If I am wanting to truly be "serious," as stated in the original post, I certainly would not limit myself to contacting breeders in my area, but instead it would be a nation-wide search. I would also have the understanding that I may be waiting for quite some time for the right breeding to happen.
While searching, I had also contacted breeders in Oregon, willing to make the trip for a pup.
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If I am wanting to truly be "serious," as stated in the original post, I certainly would not limit myself to contacting breeders in my area, but instead it would be a nation-wide search. I would also have the understanding that I may be waiting for quite some time for the right breeding to happen.
I consider "my area" everything west of Texas, including Canada. I've traveled as far as Wisconsin before, but I don't typically network with people that are further than 1,000 miles. Id have to find those litters on social media or hear about them from breeders that I know more locally.

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I consider "my area" everything west of Texas, including Canada.
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Let's say you are looking for a serious field dog, one who will be worked hard and will be more than a casual hunter, maybe even a trial dog. How do you locate interesting litters?
If I'm looking for a Trial dog, I probably won't entertain those dogs from Hunt Test or Performance pedigrees. The number of straight up Field Trial litters each year is pretty small. I would be talking to the owners of competitive dogs to see what their breeding plans are for the year. If you wait until you see litter announcements you're probably too late for a top competition prospect.

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If I'm looking for a Trial dog, I probably won't entertain those dogs from Hunt Test or Performance pedigrees. The number of straight up Field Trial litters each year is pretty small. I would be talking to the owners of competitive dogs to see what their breeding plans are for the year. If you wait until you see litter announcements you're probably too late for a top competition prospect.
I look for very specific qualities in a dog. At hunt tests I make notes on the Goldens I see. Same at trials. Because I am frequently shooting at trials, I also get to see the dogs' work up close.

When speaking to a breeder I tell the breeder EXACTLY what I am looking for and I really do not want to compromise. The qualities that are a must: a bold dog, high energy, and I prefer smaller rather than bigger.
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If I'm looking for a Trial dog, I probably won't entertain those dogs from Hunt Test or Performance pedigrees. The number of straight up Field Trial litters each year is pretty small. I would be talking to the owners of competitive dogs to see what their breeding plans are for the year. If you wait until you see litter announcements you're probably too late for a top competition prospect.
I agree. Iím in Alaska, we have had a few decent trial litters over the years. But none when I was looking. So I will go anywhere for the right pup. My last pup was from a phone text from someone that knew I was looking. I looked at the pedigree right away, made a phone call, and mailed a check the same day.

I was looking for a trial pup because I figured I could do anything with one from a good trial breeding. And I wasnít wrong.


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It is a bit easier once you're "in" but if you are an outsider looking for a trial pup its harder. Breeders with super litters don't always want to give a nice pedigreed pup to a newbie. I got lucky. I didn't know anything about anything and George knew me and told me about his litter. Little did I know what kind of lines I was getting....Now I have a much better idea about nice goldens that I want a pup from...

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It's true! Anything under 1,000 miles is just a day trip

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